Comment on: Odu-Dua boss suspended after board member row
very doubtful rexroth. article says she is the company sec so within her powers
Comment on: Enough’s enough
Chris’ questioning of the supply shortage compared to compounded need is very pertinent to the debate. What happens when each year’s pseudo target is missed? How is demand measured? Or are the numbers just made up? It is very tempting to dismiss each set of numbers that attempt to describe the housing shortfall, including those in the next study to be released, as spurious since, in economic terms demand, and conversely the shortage, only exists when there those in the market who are able and ready to buy or rent. However we can agree that not enough homes are available to most local governments to meet their social housing obligations, while rents in the private sector continue to rise, concomitant with the growth in housing benefit! And, it is uncertain if the return on investment for private sector house building is at levels in the present economy for investors to consider it worthwhile in large numbers.
On its own, it is very doubtful that the planning system can deliver more homes, when we consider the number of pending private developer schemes with planning consent in London which are stalled. The supply of land is perhaps a culprit but the level of guilt, I think, is rather low. Again, there are many brownfield sites that are not being put to good economic use.
The mixed economy of the 60’s and 70’s is partly responsible for the paternalistic approach to housing provision; such that we now expect houses to be built by housing associations or private developers, and that’s it! Diversity of supply is to be encouraged. The Germans, who are experiencing big growth in housing building as they move investment from the banking sector to bricks and mortar, have greater diversity in housing provision, including a significant self-build sector.
Housing has become an intractable topic. It would seem everyone is implicated in the charade. Major reform, kicked started by activism, is needed to untangle the myriad of issues around housing. Until we have the equivalent of the ‘occupy movement’ for housing different and opposing real and imaginary forces will continue to shape the debate.
Comment on: Naming, shaming, blaming
MB 'She likened the situation to Nazi Germany....'
what's that all about? Do you see monsters where none exist or are there home truths in Lara's article that suggests to you that there is something insidious in the present political dispensation, which so pricks your conscience?
Comment on: No room at the top
Your observations are spot on. Regrettably, we seem to be entering a period when diversity and equal opportunities are seen as an unnecessary diversion from more pressing issues at hand. Take today’s speech by Ed Milliband as a cue of what’s to come.
And of course there’ll be the reactionary voices who would rather bury any notion of diversity or equality.
Comment on: Is anyone there?
Well said Lara. Looks like you've smoked them out! What raw nerves
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